Top Safety Pick

2008 Saab 9-3

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2008 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan
2007 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2003-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 4-door

The Saab 9-3 was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the 9-3, known as the SportCombi, beginning with its introduction in the 2006 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the deployed side curtain airbag, its fabric cover, and the head restraint.<strong> </strong>.

There was little change in the position of the dummy's feet following the crash test. Injury risk was low.

Side

Rating applies to 2004-11 models built after December 2003

Tested vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Saab 9-3 was redesigned for the 2003 model year. Modifications were made to the side torso airbags for 2004 and later models built after December 2003 to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes.

The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the 9-3, known as the SportCombi, beginning with its introduction in the 2006 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2003-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan 4-door

CONCLUSION from Saab after inquiring about 2wd vs. 4wd weight differences:

The weight difference between a 2- wheel- and a 4- wheel drive typically equipped vehicle is 8.5 percent which means that we are within the 10 percent allowed difference. Our conclusion is that all SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedans will achieve Acceptable rating and use carry over results from the tested vehicle.

IIHS note: 10 percent allowable difference also applies if we use the measured weight of our tested car as the starting point.

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,344 lbs
Peak force 11,482 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.43

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2005-11 models

Seat type: All seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry